The GunBuster: What Nightmares Are Made Of

A company called GunBusters, LLC is marketing a scrap metal shredder fitted with a camera to law enforcement organizations around the country. The GunBuster “Alleviates overcrowded property rooms”, “provides safe, simple, & secure method to destroy firearms” and “reduces agency   administration costs” all while being “SAFE, SIMPLE, & SECURE” … the company does not mention the monetary and historical value of the guns that this machine destroys. I am not joking, I literally had a nightmare last night about this machine destroying my gun collection!


Take a look at these horrifying videos of guns being destroy …




I am sure most readers of TFB would agree guns like these should be auctioned off, but even if they cannot be, then at least remove all the parts and auction off part kits.

… evil, pure evil.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Gunhead

    Hopefully they’ll be sued into oblivion by Gainax for using the name of their giant robot series Gunbuster.

  • Stevie T

    I could see George Soros offering local PDs a deal. He will buy them for the purpose of destroying every firearm seized or surrendered. The local PD just has to agree to never release any firearms into circulation again (including dept issue).

  • wetcorps


    • Editor


    • Editor

      What’s the emoticon for tears or horror?

      • Jim S


  • Gunsmith

    I spent my summer last year destroying confiscated firearms with a plasma cutter. Here in Finland those guns include a bunch of mosin-nagants, couple of 80’s Sako rifles, lots of Taurus revolvers and pistols and other low-quality shit. Bit by bit the pity for those pieces vanishes… And leaves just a pile of scrap metal.

    Those destroyed guns are just a drop in the ocean, they don’t (at least in Finland) destroy anything with true historical value.

    • Tim U

      Mosin Nagants don’t have “historical value” to you?

      • Anonymoose

        Better than leaving them to Bubba. ;_;7

        • DiverEngrSL17K


  • SP mclaughlin

    Feed the creators to this monstrosity.

  • Alex Nicolin

    The pics look just like the ones found on anti-abortion sites 🙂

    • FourString

      imagine firearms with such history getting ripped apart—-WHY WOULD ONE DO SUCH A THING T-T

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      haha, actually I thought the same thing. But decided not to say so in the blog post.

  • Limonata

    While local communities all over the country are strapped for cash are using stupid ordinance tricks like in Pittsburgh where residents are being fined for parking in their own driveway but being too close to the road or bogus speed traps, here we have a potential revenue source to even make back some of that gun buy back money, instead they are literally throwing money down the drain. And, given how these things go, I would hate to know that they are charging cities to own/lease/rent this thing all for feel good measures. — Stupidity at its best!

    • BryanS

      That would assume that the chiefs and policy makers believe that people should have the firearms in the first place.

      Especially in Pittsburgh, that is NOT the case.

      • The thing is you can ask any police officer myself included that when an officer become a Chief he becomes a politician with a career to worry about. The brotherhood and loyalty no longer matter most places.

    • Oh they charge alright—in order to purchase it!

    • FourString

      SRSLY. this thing looks expensive. DA FUQ
      sometimes ppl are just so hardcore illogical D:<

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      You hit the nail right on the head — nothing spells success like the God-almighty political and profit motives, never mind facts, history, common sense and all the rest of it.

  • dan citizen

    considering that gunbroker has page after page of guns minus receiver (and many with) seized by police, turned in, or bought in buy back programs that provide a revenue stream for many departments I can hardly see why they’d want to actually destroy them. The fact that most “evidence guns” are later resold either whole or as a kit is a dirty little fact most departments don’t advertise. I can’t count the number of times I have won an auction and been told to send payment to “xXXX sheriff department property department”

  • LRB

    I had to look away, the horror, the horror….

  • avconsumer2

    Your tax dollars hard at work.

    • FourString

      I hate everything.

  • phuzz

    I’ve seen a machine pretty similar to this for destroying harddrives. That was pretty cool, but it munched them down into much smaller pieces than the pictures above (and they had a further machine which would reduce the pieces down to grit sized bits).

  • TangledThorns

    The destruction of these firearms is good reminder of what Obama and his Democrat allies want to do to the Second Amendment!

    • Tim U

      And all the other ones too, at least if you oppose them.

  • allannon

    And I’m sure this will never be erroneously used on guns, the owners of which will then go unrecompensed. Nope, not possible; the US has protections against that kinda thing, right?

    …oh, sorry, I forgot I’m not in elementary school anymore. Wishful thinking made me forget how the US really works these days.

    • One police department was doing a buyback and a lady turned in an STG44. The officers about choked. They refused to put it in the destroy pile.
      They worked and protested long enough it’s now in a museum.

      • ColonelColt

        I hadn’t heard this, but I’m happy it ended up that way. Was it in the news somewhere that I missed?

      • Rick_in_VA

        Luckily VA has a law that any guns “bought back” have to be first offered to FFL dealers for resale.

      • neoconfection

        What I expected:

        “Thank you for turning in this Nazi baby-killing weapon, ma’am…STG is ‘storm rifle’ in German, meaning assault weapon. Just like how the AR in AR-15 stands for “assault rifle.'”

  • Joseph B Campbell

    I could understand the premise of destroying NFA, but…yes just living nightmares.

  • sadlerbw

    Looks like an SSI shredder. They have a pretty cool series of videos on YouTube with various stuff getting shredded. Generally, I enjoy watching their machines shred stuff, but it is a little disappointing seeing perfectly good guns get shredded. They can mulch all the highpoints and lorcins they want, but a nice .22 revolver? That’s just a shame.

  • Asdf

    Well, at least their videos didn’t have someone throwing a P-08 into those jaws.

  • Tim U

    Mother of God….

    That is the scariest thing i have seen in my entire life.

  • Greensoup

    They’d never make any money selling gun parts. The idea is silly. The cost to break down the guns, sort, list, package, ship, store etc pretty obviously exceeds the value of a bunch of crappy gun parts that have sat in storage for XX number of years. Let alone making sure they’re clean. A nice big bag of random guns parts, some with blood on them would go over well.

    Honestly I don’t think law enforcement should be able to profit from anything seized. It leads down the road they’ve gone down with Drug Enforcement. Law enforcement for profit or worse personal gain.

    • dan citizen

      They do sell gun parts and they do it very profitably. I have bought literally dozens of firearms from LEO auctions. Most of the time they have one of their more skilled officers strip down the weapons and discard the frame (in return he gets to cherry pick the best of the bunch) all the parts go i a plastic bag and get sold. I have not seen them catalog or sell separate parts.

      It takes maybe 20 minutes to strip most auto pistols down to the frame, If it’s a glock the parts set fetches about $200, When you figure that the gun was free to them that’s a pretty large profit margin.

      If the gun is very nice, valuable, or was forfeited without court processing it is often sold whole. I bought a pair of mini 14’s a while back and they didn’t even ask for a lick of paperwork because they were “non functioning” which in this case meant they did not come with magazines.

      • You’re right and that’s pretty much how it works. The proceeds can go for the DARE program and projects like that.

        • FourString

          i’ve always found the DARE acronym kinda funny/ironic
          “do drugs kids—i DARE you to B)”

          but then again in kindergarten i thought “drug free” meant “free drugs” <|:D

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          Hi. Phil :

          Per what “dan citizen” has been saying about this process, I imagine it would probably differ from state to state depending on variations in local laws.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        I’m thinking that local ( State and County ) laws may have some effect on this process. What has your overall experience been regarding this topic ( assuming you have bought your firearms / firearms components in different geographical areas )? Thanks in advance for your input.

  • Max

    I am disgusted. >:(

  • Howie Blumenkopf

    Maybe they’ll be sold as scrap and turned into new guns

  • Albert Johnson

    This is really disturbing for people who love to collect various kinds of arms like guns and pistols just as a hobby. Airsoft guns and rifles have scored among the best in this regard. The pictures are really saddening for a person who loves guns. You can increase your gun collection by checking out stuff at

    • Anonymoose


  • Fiji Guide

    They have a great public relations firm, Laura Burgess, who is doing a bang up job…

  • doctorbob

    Government tends to go from beneficial to “insane dictatorship” very quickly. The more I see of government, the more I become a Libertarian. NO MAN should be charged with a crime for anything he thinks, or anything he says, or anything he owns or possesses. WE NEED GUNS! Simple as that! We need them for protection, both at home and in public. Many of us need them to supplement our food supplies. And we need them to dissuade any invading Army of even thinking of invading, or of any petty tyrant from attempting to dictate to us! And there can be NO ARGUMENT against any of that. And, NOOOOOO, personal insults don’t work. LEAVE OUR GUNS ALONE!

  • seal76

    I have been amazed and appalled at the number of incredible firearms that are destroyed after firearms buy backs and firearms seizures. So many of the firearms could be sold to collectors or licensed firearms dealers. This would help to increase the money that municipalities would have in their budgets. Instead they ignore a legitimate form of income for the sake of political correctness. I have spoken to several law enforcement officers who find the destruction of these firearms outrageous.

  • Tenacious221

    How about you sell some of these to me…I’m law abiding…get you some money that you don’t have to tax off of someone to use for something they don’t want.

  • Griff

    I’m happy that I am not the only one that’s completely disgusted by this company.


    had one here in Medford and Portland. AR-15’s were being turned in for vouchers to buy $100 worth of groceries at Walmart.

    • Anonymoose

      What a rip! Please tell me no one actually did that, right?

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Asinine behavior patterns and half-baked ideas — based on perceptions resulting from deliberate ignorance and a complete disrespect for common sense, hard facts, history and their concomitants, driven by poor deductive reasoning combined with the profit motive — will always be with us as long as the human race exists. The Gunbusters metal shredder and its marketers provide an outstanding example of this.

  • Aaron E

    Communists! That thing is pure evil!

  • AZ9

    fuck them, they destroyed a god damn 5906. One of the best 9mm’s ever.

  • dumbdumb45

    not to be a ass but guns used in rape & murder need to be destroyed!

    • Formynder


    • Anonymoose

      No, they should be given to law-abiding persons to prevent rape and murder.

  • J

    didn’t even watch the videos:(

  • Anthoni Rossi

    Save a Glock, trash a Hi-point.

  • MP

    I’ll bet Michael Moore is on their board of directors.

  • Mazryonh

    Were you thinking of the sci-fi anime series “Gunbuster” when you came up with the title of this entry?